un·​planned | \ ˌən-ˈpland How to pronounce unplanned (audio) \

Definition of unplanned

: not expected or intended : not planned an unplanned detour an unplanned pregnancy

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Examples of unplanned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the part of the show that captivated these 8- and 9-year-olds the most was entirely unplanned: One of the young dancers, dressed as an angel in a long white dress and a golden halo, tripped on her skirt and fell onstage. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "The Youngest (and Liveliest) ‘Nutcracker’ Audience of the Season," 24 Dec. 2019 His comeback was unplanned, and began without his knowledge. Washington Post, "‘The Chain’ is a mid-life hit for novelist Adrian McKinty," 17 July 2019 Adding to her difficulties, her husband had an unplanned surgery just two days after the baby died. CBS News, "Most American workers still pay the price of no paid parental leave," 23 Dec. 2019 An unplanned pregnancy Chris Frey worked for years in the appellate division of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and later as the law director in Euclid. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "Adoptee sent away for birth certificate, stunned by discovery: ‘I think I know him’," 1 Dec. 2019 Woodson explores the ramifications of unplanned pregnancies on two families and the lifelong consequences of decisions made in youth. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Gift guide: 5 books for the fiction lovers on your holiday shopping list," 26 Nov. 2019 Whilst the bawling politicians send Britain hurtling towards a no-deal crash-out from Europe at the end of March, the U.K. government is surreptitiously hiring crisis-emergency personnel to handle the unplanned-for chaos. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Brexit Deadline Is Looming—Here’s How It Will Affect London Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019 The demand for men’s birth control is high; a February study by the Male Contraceptive Initiative found 82 percent of men whose partners have had an unplanned pregnancy are interested in new methods of male contraception. Laura Bassett, Marie Claire, "A Nonhormonal Birth Control — for Both Men and Women— Is on the Horizon," 11 Oct. 2019 While the number of unplanned pregnancies has declined, there is still substantial room for improvement. Sarah Lynch, The Conversation, "How birth control pill prescriptions by a pharmacist could broaden access and keep costs down," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unplanned

1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unplanned was in 1775

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11 Jan 2020

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“Unplanned.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplanned. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unplanned

: not planned or expected

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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